The Princess and the Pony

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Silly, sweet princess tale is an offbeat delight.

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Strong messages about inventive thinking, creativity, resourcefulness, doing your best, working with what you've got, teamwork.

Violence & Scariness

The warriors charge into a battle with spitballs, hair balls, dodge balls -- but no one is hurt.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Princess and the Pony is a delightfully silly, sweet picture book about a princess and her offbeat pony that imparts lessons about working with what you have and accepting what's quirky or different. Princess lovers will connect with Princess Pinecone, who's more like a resourceful little girl than a far-away fantasy, and her oddly shaped pony, who doesn't seem to measure up at first. Some mild rudeness with references to flatulence throughout, but somehow it's all done sweetly.

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Adult Written byKjbartolotta September 9, 2015

Super-cute girl power story will entertain parents and children alike.

More than a little offbeat, with a slight nod to adventure time and a little bit of farting. Princess Pinecone is great female protagonist, though still allowed... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Princess Pinecone is a warrior who wants a big, strong, fast horse for her birthday. Instead, she gets a roly-poly pony who eats the wrong things and farts too much. Can she get the pony up to speed for the big battle?

Is it any good?

This sweet, clever princess tale has a simple message about wishing for one thing, getting something else, and making do with what you have; it might be even better than what you wanted. Princess Pinecone is a resourceful girl who wants to win the big battle but also is a kindhearted person who works with her pony to be the best pony it can be; the pony's differences bring out kindness and empathy in others.

The vibrant digital illustrations have cartoon-like simplicity and quirkiness. For girls who love princess fare, THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY offers the familiar with a twist. It's silly but has empowering messages and encourages problem-solving and kindness. 

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For kids who love humor and storng princess stories

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